Azalea Storytelling Festival Featured Storytellers
Michael Reno Harrell
Michael Reno Harrell's original songs and stories catch the ear and satisfy the heart. His performances have been compared to "his granddaddy's pocket knife: well-worn and familiar feeling, but razor sharp and with a point." Every appearance is a kind of happy pot luck feast; you may not know what's coming, but it is bound to be delicious.
Andy Offutt Irwin
Hold on to your hat – Andy’s back in town. This singer-songwriter, comedian, and storyteller “is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer.” With his quirky stage presence, Silly Putty voice and comic sense of storytelling, he just "blows the lid off the joint."
You just gotta hear this storyteller and author whose wild tales hang on the edge of reality. With each swing over the edge you find yourself laughing and nodding until you are in free fall. No matter what the subject is -- plungers, hunting trips, funerals -- his listeners always delight in every outrageous and improbable spin.
Laughter, tears, and sheer joy are all part of what Kim Weitkamp’s audiences experience. Her gentle, heartfelt narratives, impeccable timing and generosity enfold each listener. And then, unexpectedly she employs her “milk and honey voice” and her guitar, masterfully matching story and song, polishing the moment until it is brilliant.
Carol Cain, Master of Ceremonies
Our very own Carol Cain lights up the stage with her zany folktales, family stories, and
award-winning historical monologues. An experienced teller in her own right, she guides
audiences and tellers with easy rapport through the shared journey that denotes a truly satisfying festival.